Miss Blanche Tells It AllJuly 12-16This bawdy number from the 1969, New Orleans-set show has already got our attention. Brian Charles Rooney, who was seen on the Great White Way in The Threepenny Opera, leads this solo tour de force as drag performer Miss Blanche—and as Lee, the young man who portrays her. Lee reveals a mysterious trunk filled with clues about his past—and a key to his future. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) has become a theatrical summer staple, bringing together up-and-comers and Great White Way alums to create the next big thing on a small scale. Hits like Next to Normal (remember Feeling Electric?) and [title of show] got their start on the NYMF stage. Who knows what other gems will come out of the fest? Along with experiencing fresh theater, you just may earn some “I saw it first” bragging rights. This year has a slew of terrific-sounding musicals. Here are eight we’re keeping an eye on. A Wall ApartJuly 25-30This sounds like one we’ll love. Lord Graham Russell (of the chart-topping band Air Supply) scored this original rock musical, which chronicles a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. The show examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love and marriage. Rock musical? Love story? Historical conflict? Sign us up! The cast includes Broadway alums Maddie Shea Baldwin, Leslie Becker and more. View Comments Generation MeJuly 26-30Not unlike 2017’s Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, Generation Me tackles the difficult subject of teen suicide. Fifteen-year-old Milo Reynolds, played by Milo Manheim, appears to have it all: a perfect girlfriend, a place at the popular kids’ table and even cool parents. When he takes his own life, those around him are left to question everything they know. This production is chock-full of fresh talent, including Dante Palminteri, the son of A Bronx Tale scribe Chazz Palminteri. Ben, Virginia, And Me (The Liberace Musical)August 2-6Casting has not been announced for this one, but with Pippin scribe Roger O. Hirson penning the book, we’re confident this tale about Liberace is in great hands. Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, he formed a unique bond with history’s most notorious gangster and his girlfriend. Featuring a lavish original score by Barbara Carole Sickmen, this world premiere musical explores the iconic performer’s nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation.Learn more about all of the 2017 NYMF’s fabulous productions, and we’ll see you at the theater! Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American MythJuly 10-16Queen Lesli Margherita, the hilarious Max Crumm and a musical comedy chronicling Matthew McConaughey’s “deal with the devil” to score his Oscar? Alright, alright, alright—this sounds like comedy gold. Starring Broadway alum Wayne Wilcox as McConaughey, this musical has Thomas Caruso at its helm; Caruso, the associate director of the Tony-nominated musical Groundhog Day, knows a thing or two about big laughs. Motherfreakinghood!August 1-6This pop rock musical addresses the hilarities and horrors of being a mother as three unlikely friends bond together over bottles, diapers, pregnancy tests and more. Broadway alums Harriett D. Foy and Erin Leigh Peck appear in this musical, which was created by college roommates and moms Julie Dunlap and Sara Stotts. Georama: An American Panorama Told on 3 Miles of CanvasAugust 2-6Audiences love a musical about an underrated historical figure. Rather than a young, scrappy and hungry Founding Father, Georama tells the story of John Banvard, the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the Mighty Mississippi. Banvard is portrayed by show-stopping Broadway alum P.J. Griffith. The cast also features Nick Sullivan, Randy Blair, Ana Marcu and Jillian Louis. The Goree All-Girl String BandJuly 24-29Inspired by a true story, this NYMF production centers on convicted criminals—who also happen to be the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. The six members of the Goree All-Girl String Band teach themselves to play music when they are behind bars to earn a slot on a radio program and a shot at redemption. Ashley Brooke Monroe, whose assistant directing credits include Fun Home and Indecent, helms this girl power production.
Bernadette Peters(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Bonnie Milligan The previously announced digital variety show Broadway Does Mother’s Day just got bigger! Featuring sketches, performances and appearances from stage stars, the virtual event will take place on May 10 at 3PM ET on Broadway.com. Viewers are encouraged to make donations that will benefit the Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund in an effort to replace funds that would have been raised by BCEFA’s annual Easter Bonnet Competition.Joining the show will be Bernadette Peters, Victor Garber, Annaleigh Ashford, Linda Benanti, Denée Benton, Liz Callaway, Miguel Cervantes, Linda Cho, Jenn Colella, Lilli Cooper, Eddie Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Leah C. Gardiner, Ann Harada, Jennifer Holliday, Robyn Hurder, Sheryl Kaller, Ryan Kasprzak, Kylie Kuioka, Michael McElroy, Bonnie Milligan, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Anisha Nagarajan, Manu Narayan, Greg Anthony Rassen, Amanda Spooner, Lexi Underwood, Jason Williams, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Shahadi Wright Joseph. The shows joining the lineup include Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Sing Street.They join the previously announced guests, including Celia Keenan-Bolger, Kate Baldwin, Jenni Barber, Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Victoria Clark, Chuck Cooper, Claybourne Elder, Eden Espinosa, Beanie Feldstein, Harvey Fierstein, Mandy Gonzalez, Celia Rose Gooding, Molly Griggs, James Monroe Iglehart, Judy Kaye, Raymond J. Lee, Lesli Margherita, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Alexis Michelle, Vanessa Williams, Betsy Wolfe and LaChanze and shows like Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Jagged Little Pill, Company, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Chicago, Diana, Mean Girls, Girl from the North Country, Six and Mrs. Doubtfire.Broadway Does Mother’s Day is presented in partnership with Broadway.com and Seniorly.com. With Megan Loughran and Stanley Bahorek as executive producers, it is directed by Ashley Rodbro (Hamilton, Moulin Rouge!), features music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly!), and is produced by Stephanie Cowan, Erica Rotstein, Heather Shields and Paul Wontorek alongside general manager Kyle Bonder. Bernadette Peters Star Files Manu Narayan NaTasha Yvette Williams Victor Garber Miguel Cervantes View Comments Lilli Cooper Denée Benton Annaleigh Ashford Brian Stokes Mitchell Jennifer Holliday Jenn Colella View All (13) Robyn Hurder
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell by over a hundred last week, as claims were down from a year ago, as they’ve been most weeks this year. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (65 percent of the total), as Manufacturing saw a modest increase (69 up from 40). Services typically reports the most claims.For the week of April 15, 2017, there were 646 claims, down 118 from the previous week’s total and 163 fewer than than they were a year ago.Altogether 6,121 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 184 from a week ago, and 707 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.0 percent in March, as the labor force and total employment increased modestly, while other metrics were mixed. SEE STORY.RELATED STORIES: General Fund revenues ahead of targets, Transpo and Ed fall behindVermont unemployment rate unchanged at 3.0 percent in March PAI: Unemployment nears its lowest in four decadesThe Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
Vermont Business Magazine Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the upcoming release of the second edition of its extremely limited Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey on Friday, November 17 at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars. The second Hopscotch release is the result of collaboration with neighbor and family-operated microbrewery, Stone Corral Brewery.“For our second batch of Hopscotch, we decided to distill an existing beer from Stone Corral and chose their Scotch Ale for obvious reasons,” explained Alex Hilton, general manager and distiller at Mad River Distillers. “The result is a rich and malt-forward whiskey, much like the beer itself.”Hopscotch is Vermont’s first single malt whiskey, a collaboration between Mad River Distillers and their brewer partners. For this second edition with Stone Corral Brewery, just less than 700 bottles have been produced and hand-numbered for release. “We are excited to be working with Mad River Distillers on the Hopscotch project because we believe we share similar philosophies regarding the integrity of ingredients and construction of flavors,” said Bret Hamilton, co-founder of Stone Corral Brewery. “Our Scotch Ale was a natural starting place for us to explore crafting a single malt whiskey together. We really hope people enjoy the synergy and flavors in this unique spirit.”About Hopscotch’s Second EditionHopscotch is a supple, flavorful whiskey that bridges the ground between the classic American whiskey style and the smoky tang of traditional Scottish single malts. It was distilled from Stone Corral Scotch Ale, which is brewed with peated malt.Tasting Notes: Tobacco, ale maltiness and a kiss of hop on the palate. Smoky on the finish with flavors of peat.Aged for 18 months and bottled at 92 proof with 46% ABV.Massachusetts release will be 40 cases (240 bottles) of 750ml bottles for $59.99 each and Vermont release will be 75 cases (452 bottles) of 375ml bottles for $39.99 each.About Mad River DistillersMad River Distillers was founded in 2011 by John Egan, Brett Little, and Maura Connolly to produce high-quality, handcrafted spirits using locally-sourced, non-GMO ingredients and Cold Springs Farm’s exceptionally pure natural spring water. The Warren, Vermont-based distillery, which is now distributed in New England, New York, and California, currently produces four rums, three whiskeys including Hopscotch, and Malvados Apple Brandy, which was a 2016 Good Food Awards winner. Visit madriverdistillers.com and follow @madriverdistillers.An official release party for the second edition of Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey will be held at the distillery’s Burlington Tasting Room, 137 St. Paul St., Burlington, Vermont on Friday, November 17 from 12 pm to 8 pm with free tastings, drink specials and raffle prizes. Follow the tasting room on Instagram @madriverdistillersBTV and Twitter @DrinkMRD for updates. Another release party will be held at Stone Corral Brewery, 83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, Vermont on Saturday, November 18 from 12 pm to 8 pm with free tastings, drink specials, food and live music by Southtown Bluegrass Band from 7 pm to 10 pm.Source: WARREN, Vermont (October 30, 2017) – Mad River Distillers of Vermont,Yes
Rep. Melissa Rooker and Sen. Kay Wolf filed for re-election to the Kansas Legislature this morning.Two veteran northeast Johnson County legislators filed for re-election today in Topeka. Sen. Kay Wolf and Rep. Melissa Rooker, both Republicans, will seek new terms in 2016.Sen. Wolf is completing her first term in the Kansas Senate, first elected in 2012. Before that she served seven years in the Kansas House and five years as a member of the Prairie Village City Council.Rep. Rooker will be running for her third term in the Kansas House. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.“Financial stability is one of the most pressing issues for our state right now,” said Wolf in her filing announcement. “It’s time to strike a common sense balance in Topeka so that our schools, our families and our business community have the stability they need to thrive.”“We can’t afford to continue down the path of fiscal irresponsibility that we’re on. I’m running because it’s important to me, and to the taxpayers I represent, that Topeka get this right,” Rooker said. “We have to for the sake of our schools, our businesses and our families. “Sen. Wolf is a small business owner with operations located in Johnson County. She is past chairman of the now Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and chair-elect of the national organization “Women In Government.” She and her husband, Steve, live in Prairie Village and have two sons and two grandchildren, all of whom reside in Johnson County.Rooker lives in Fairway with her husband, Tom, and their two grown children – their daughter Lindsay was recently married and their son Jack is a junior at KU. Rooker spent 15 years working for Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions where she served as VP of Development.Sen. Wolf serves as vice chair of the Transportation Committee, vice-chair of the Joint Committee on State Building Construction, and member of the Local Government, Ethics and Elections, and Education committees. Rooker’s committee assignments include Transportation, Transportation and Public Safety Budget, Vision 2020 and Children and Seniors.Rooker and Wolf join fellow NEJC moderates Stephanie Clayton, the District 19 representative, and Barbara Bollier, the District 21 Representative, who filed for reelection earlier this month. None of the NEJC incumbents have drawn a challenger for this election cycle thus far.The primary for Kansas legislative seats will be held in August with the general election in November.
Iman Jaroudi said her time at SM East taught her “the power of initiative and confidence. It’s a place where you can truly do absolutely anything under the sun, as long as you have the guts to do it.”Iman Jaroudi makes no secret about the fact that she’s pushed herself hard the past four years.So while the Yale-bound SM East senior still has International Baccalaureate exams to complete before she can officially consider herself done with high school, the fact that classes are done and the long-awaited graduation ceremony was finally here had her feeling relaxed Tuesday night.“No matter what happens on those exams, it’s done, it’s over, we all know where we’re going to college,” she said. “It’s a really surreal feeling. I’m used to going home and doing homework for hours a day and having the foot on the gas constantly. Now it feels like I can breathe a little. I’m not used to that.”In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Jaroudi is a talented musician who says she’s considering performing arts and music as possible majors. Political science is in the mix for consideration as well.She credits her four years at SM East with helping bolster her confidence and broaden her horizons. After going through elementary school at Westwood View and then middle school at Indian Hills, Jaroudi arrived in high school with the normal nervousness. But she says that her fellow students and great teachers inspired her to get more and more involved. Her freshman year, she successfully organized to bring Junior Board to the school. The organization challenges students to pitch each other on different non-profit groups that students could raise money to donate to. She also founded the Feminist Club at the high school.“East has honestly been the most amazing place — I don’t even know where to start,” she said Tuesday as the graduates prepared to enter the SM North stadium to receive their diplomas. “It taught me the power of initiative and confidence. It’s a place where you can truly do absolutely anything under the sun, as long as you have the guts to do it.”Yes, she admits, the pace she kept as a student was stressful.“But I’m going to miss it with all my heart,” she said. “The place is incredible. The teachers are unbelievable. The quality of extracurriculars and quality of teaching are off the chart.”This summer, she’ll take a breather to travel to visit family and friends in Lebanon, Mexico, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Then, in August, she’ll head to New Haven to dig in to her next challenges.“My parents haven’t seemed too sad yet,” she said. “I think they might be once I leave and they realize, ‘Oh, all we have left is the cat.’”
April 1, 2017 Regular News Hogans donate to Florida State Hogans donate to Florida State Wayne Hogan and his wife, Patricia Hogan, have pledged $50,000 to the Florida State University College of Law’s FSU Friends Opportunity Scholarship, which was established in 2016 to provide scholarships to students who are from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The gift will directly benefit alumni of the college of law’s Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program, which the Hogans support. “More than a catchy acronym, WSUP clears an uphill path to success. An opportunity, that’s what students need to excel and become lawyers making a difference,” said Wayne Hogan. The FSU Friends Opportunity Scholarship was created by gifts from FSU College of Law Dean Erin O’Connor and FSU President John Thrasher, a 1972 graduate of the law school, and their spouses. This latest gift from the Hogans brings the total pledged to the scholarship to nearly $160,000. Wayne Hogan is a 1972 graduate of the College of Law and president of Terrell-Hogan in Jacksonville. In 1999, the Hogans made a gift of 2 million to the law school, part of which was designated to endow the Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program. In 2003, they pledged an additional $1 million to the College of Law that allows approximately 60 students each year to attend the four-week program at the law school for free.
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WhoChef Mark Levy, Executive Chef of Magdalena at The Ivy Hotel BaltimoreInstagram@TheIvyHotel/@ChefMarkLevyChef Levy’s Guest-Worthy RecipeFluffy ricotta pancakesWhy?“During this time of distance, we are choosing to focus on slowing down, staying connected and, most importantly, spreading joy. That’s why we’re sharing an Ivy favorite — our fluffy ricotta pancakes, perfect for a backyard brunch.”Ingredients1 c ricotta cheese1 c all-purpose flour1/2 tsp baking powder1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar1/4 tsp fine salt3/4 c milk (not non-fat)2 large eggs, separated1/2 tsp vanilla extractButter, for cookingDirectionsIf your ricotta seems to have a lot of liquid, set it in a fine mesh strainer to drain off excess liquid about 30 minutes before you start cooking. If your ricotta seems fairly dry and compact, you can skip this step.Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a separate, larger mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, stirring gently until just combined.Beat the egg whites with a handheld electric mixer until stiff. Alternatively, whisk the egg whites by hand. Stir a small scoop of the egg whites into the pancake batter to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites with a spatula.Heat a griddle over medium-high heat. Melt a small bit of butter in the pan, just enough to coat the surface. Use a 1/3 cup measure to pour batter onto the hot griddle. Cook the pancakes for about three or four minutes, until the undersides are golden and you see a few bubbles popping through the pancakes. Flip the pancakes and cook another two to three minutes, until golden. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.Serve the pancakes immediately, with maple syrup and berry preserves. Share